Retailers reopening | New trade tariffs | Adapting to a ‘new normal’

Posted on 28/05/2020 by DHL Express

English retailers reopening from 15 June

This week the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June. The announcement was part of his plans to further ease the lockdown.

Retailers must meet new guidance published for the sector “detailing the measures they should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards”.

Although a welcome relief to bricks and mortar stores, e-commerce continues to offer strong opportunities for businesses to reach consumers, particularly those who will remain hesitant to return to physical stores.

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New UK trade tariffs announced

Last week (19 May) the government announced the UK’s new MFN tariff regime, the UK Global Tariff (UKGT), which will come into effect on 1 January 2021.

The UKGT will apply to all goods imported into the UK, with some exceptions, and has been designed to support the UK economy by ‘making it easier and cheaper for businesses to import goods from overseas’.

Commenting on the announcement, British Chambers of Commerce Director General, Adam Marshall, said: “The publication of the UK Global Tariff provides welcome clarity for businesses as they prepare for life outside of the EU”.

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Adapting to our ‘new normal’ long-term

Following articles on the rising consumer trends in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, most notably the switch to e-commerce, and a focus on what products people are currently purchasing, DHL has released its third article in a special three-part series on Pandemic Culture.

Read on to find out the long-term effects of the pandemic and what e-commerce businesses can do to meet consumers’ new needs.

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